Ghana Journalists Association opens 17th Awards Competition

The 17th Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards Competition, to promote high journalistic standards and reward members who excelled in their performance was launched in Accra on Friday.

The competition is opened to members working in the print media (News Agency inclusive), electronic and on-line media in Ghana and entries cover works published between January-December 2011.

The awards ceremony has grown from a modest number of six awards during its maiden edition in 1985 to 46 in 2011, and the awards covered all subjects.

Mr Ransford Tetteh, President of GJA, launching the competition, said it was a reflection of the growth of the Ghanaian media and efforts by the GJA to encourage specialisation.

“The competition has not only been growing in size and stature. We are convinced that it has been helping to motivate journalists in Ghana and indeed the Ghanaian media to aspire to higher standards,” he said.

Category one awards – News Reporting and Features, there are separate awards for Radio, Television and Print.

Category two awards comprised Investigative Reporting, Photojournalism, Sports, Arts/Entertainment and Domestic Tourism, Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu Award for Business/Finance and Economic Reporting, Small and Micro Scale Enterprises (SMEs), Environment, Health, HIV and AIDS, Rural Reporting, Developmental Journalism for furthering Millennium Development Goals, Parliamentary Reporting, Human  Rights (with focus on Child Rights).

The rest are Political Reporting, Crime and Court Reporting, Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene, Disability, Telecommunications, On-line Journalism, Anti-Corruption, Education, Science, Oil and Gas Sector, Anti-Narcotics, Social Security, Agriculture and Water, for both Print and Electronic Media.

Categories three, four, five and six which comprise of Columnist, Cartoonist for print media, Democracy and peace-building, Best layout and designed newspaper, Best rural radio station, Radio/TV programme in local dialects, Most Promising Young Journalist, and Journalist of the Year entries would be considered alongside nominations by the public, including journalists/media practitioners, and would be expected to give reasons for their nomination in not more than 120 words.

Entrants might submit entries for all categories but not more than three published works should be submitted for any category however one work should not be entered in more than one category.

The deadline for the submission of entries is Monday, May 7.

Source: GNA

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